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Debate over medical marijuana comes to Tennessee

By Angela Yingling
Published On: Jan 20 2014 03:56:32 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 20 2014 05:03:20 PM CST

A bill introduced in Tennessee proposes the passage of a law allowing marijuana to be used for medical reasons, and it's a topic that has many people talking.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

A bill introduced in Tennessee proposes the passage of a law allowing marijuana to be used for medical reasons, and it's a topic that has many people talking.

At 23 years old, Bluff City resident Seth Green has already had his share of health problems. "[I've got] cerebral palsy, seizures, M.S., severe anxiety, depression," explains Green.

He thinks medical marijuana could be the thing that helps relieve his ailments -- that's why he's organizing a rally to gather support for a change in Tennessee law.

A Tennessee Representative from Nashville, Sherry Jones, has introduced a bill to allow medical marijuana. Click here to read more.

However, local representative Jon Lundberg has his concerns, citing Colorado, a state that recently allowed recreational marijuana use. "If you look at where those marijuana shops have gone up, the crime has just spiked all around them. So okay, they've got money, but at the price they pay as a society, I think they're going to regret this if they're not already," he said.

We wanted to know what people think about the idea of legalizing medical marijuana. We asked a handful of people in person and got hundreds of online responses.

The majority of people we heard from support the idea of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

"I think it would be a good thing, because there are a lot of issues with people out here that need it," says Karen Mains.

"I think if it has medicinal purposes and people can use it to help them, I would think that would be okay," says Phillip McCrary.

"I guess it's just a matter of opinion, I don't see a problem with it. I think everybody should be entitled to do whatever they want to do,” says Casey Musick.

"I don't see anything wrong with it. They’ve been using it for centuries. So I don't see anything wrong with it," says Gladys Mink.

Others say they may support it, as long as it's not allowed for recreational use. "It's dangerous and it invites our children, and I worry about them," says Jeanette Bright.

While many admit getting the bill passed could be a long way off, some like Seth Green are hoping it will be something he could use in the future.

The rally he is planning is set for February 8 in Johnson City.

Poll results: Do you support the legalization of medical marijuana?

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Click here to read more about the poll.